Dettifoss Waterfall from Lake Myvatn | Winter Tour

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May. - Dec.

Join this fantastic day tour from Lake Mývatn to see one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe, the incredible Dettifoss. This is a fantastic tour option for visitors looking to maximise their time at this amazing feature, looking out for the best observation and photography points. 

This tour will begin from within the dark, volcanic fields of Lake Mývatn, from where you will travel out towards the cascading Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, a constant, rumbling vein of mud, ice and water. This water originates from the country’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, and ends within one of Iceland’s most dramatic valleys, Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon. Such eclectic landscapes are but a taste of the breadth and beauty of Vatnajökull National Park, however. 

You will park up, then begin a short hike through a landscape of naturally formed volcanic sculptures toward the waterfall itself. During the hike, you will also witness two smaller falls, Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss. As you stand immersed in this impressive landscape, you’ll feel no doubt as to why this area has inspired so much creativity in arts and culture; movie lovers will instantly recognise this place as a scene from Ridley Scott’s 2012 sci-fi blockbuster, Prometheus.

Once you arrive at Dettifoss itself, you will find a wealth of vantage points from which you can stop to photograph. With its 44 meters wide lip and 100-metre drop, this incredible natural attraction causes a burst of ever-present mist as it crashes into Jökulsárgljúfur, making for real added drama in your snapshots. This is one place that you’ll never forget! 

When your time at the waterfall, you will make the return hike back to the vehicle, from where you will be taken back to Lake Mývatn.

So don’t delay any longer! Hurry now and you too can experience the amazing Dettifoss waterfall for yourself. Check availability by choosing a date. 


Fully guided tour




Selfoss (waterfall)

What to bring

Warm clothing
Good hiking shoes
Water bottle
Light snacks
Your Camera Kit

Good to know

During the tour, you will take a break for refreshments at a local restaurant or café.

Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have to alter the itinerary, have longer journey time or cancellation of the tour.

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